As of Version 6.0, Display is superseded by capabilities in Export.


writes graphics or sound to the specified output channel in PostScript format.


writes graphics or sound in the specified format.


writes boxes, cells, or notebook expressions in the specified format.

Details and Options

  • The output channel can be a single file or pipe, or a list of them.
  • The graphics in Display can be Graphics, Graphics3D, SurfaceGraphics, ContourGraphics, DensityGraphics, or GraphicsArray.
  • The graphics can also include Sound.
  • The expr in Display can be Cell, Notebook, or any boxes, as generated by ToBoxes[expr].
  • Any of the graphics formats specified for Export can be used.
  • The following options can be given:
  • CharacterEncoding{}the encoding to use for characters in text
    ImageOffset{0,0}offset of the image in the viewing area
    ImageResolutionAutomaticresolution in dpi for the image
    ImageRotatedFalsewhether to rotate the image to landscape mode
    ImageSizeAutomaticabsolute image size
  • $DisplayFunction is usually given in terms of Display.
  • If any of the specified files or pipes in channel are not open, Display uses OpenWrite to open them, then closes these particular files or pipes when it has finished.
  • In many cases, Display calls the Wolfram notebook front end via WSTP. If the front end is not present, certain capabilities of Display may not be available.
  • When displaying text, Display may make use of fonts that are specifically installed for Mathematica.
Wolfram Research (1988), Display, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Display.html (updated 1999).


Wolfram Research (1988), Display, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Display.html (updated 1999).


Wolfram Language. 1988. "Display." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 1999. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Display.html.


Wolfram Language. (1988). Display. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Display.html


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